Reflexology

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a holistic practice based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet, hands, ears and face that correspond to every part of the body, including specific glands, organs and body systems.

When these reflexes are triggered the body’s spontaneous healing process is triggered. Reflexology also works with the meridians and energy flow in the body, promoting well-being and increasing energy levels.

Reflexology is a complementary therapy that is relaxing and non-invasive.

Holistic practitioners recognise that the person must be viewed not just as a body demonstrating physical symptoms, but rather as a whole, comprised of body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Reflexology work creates the triggers/neural pathways to prompt your own body’s desire to reach balance and equilibrium, otherwise known as homeostasis. Reflexology works to optimise the mechanisms in our body and regular reflexology helps lift our overall level of health and well-being.

What happens during a reflexology treatment?

I begin our session by asking you to complete a health history form. Reflexology is not a diagnostic tool, however, giving me more background to your health concerns and goals for the treatment will help me devise the best individualised session for you. I can also answer any questions you have about the treatment or reflexology in general.

During the reflexology session you will lie fully clothed on a massage table with only your shoes and socks off. A blanket will be placed over you. Children can also receive reflexology in this way. For babies, I ask the caregiver to hold the baby. Women in their latter stages of pregnancy may require extra pillows and can elect to use a chair rather than a massage table.

During the session you will generally have a sense of calm and relaxation. Some people even fall asleep. You may feel different sensations in your feet, or find some areas slightly sensitive. Sensitivity varies from person to person and from treatment to treatment. Reflexology does not tickle as it is performed as a firm pressure to the feet. In the western style of reflexology the treatment should not be painful nor cause discomfort.

What will happen following a reflexology treatment?

Reactions to reflexology vary from person to person and treatment to treatment. Usually after a treatment there will be a sense of calm followed by increased energy and a feeling of rejuvenation. Your body will begin its self-healing process and with this you may experience increased thirst, perspiration and/or more frequent visits to the toilet. These reactions are only temporary and should clear within 24 hours. They are positive signs that your body has responded to treatment and is balancing itself.

To help your body gain the most from reflexology, it is advised to take time to relax after the treatment, try to avoid alcohol, reduce your caffeine intake and eat light meals.

What can reflexology treat?

Reflexology can help with a broad range of conditions, such as:

  • stress, anxiety, depression and sleeping issues
  • migraines/headaches
  • IBS, Chron’s, constipation, dyspepsia and digestive issues
  • menopause
  • back and neck pain
  • auto-immune conditions
  • chronic fatigue
  • asthma and other respiratory conditions
  • period pain, PMT, endometriosis and subfertility
  • recurrent infections/flu
  • arthritis
  • circulation and Raynaud’s syndrome and
  • water retention/sluggish lymphatic system


During pregnancy reflexology can help with:

  • water retention
  • morning sickness
  • energy levels
  • back and hip pain
  • reflux
  • constipation
  • uterine toning in the 3rd trimester

 

Please be aware that I do not recommend reflexology if you have a history of miscarriage or are in the first trimester of your first pregnancy.

Reflexology is not a substitute for medical examination, diagnosis or treatment.

I offer discounted rates for CSC, students and Gold Card holders.